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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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Contributed by Al Grazevich
USS Penobscot (ATA-188)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS ATA-188 (1944 - 1948)
November - Juliet - Oscar - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Laid down, 11 September 1944, as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-115) at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-188), 15 May 1944
Launched, 12 October 1944
Commissioned USS ATA-188, 12 December 1944
During World War II USS ATA-188 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 28 May 1945
Following World War II USS ATA-188 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September 1945 to 29 June 1946||2 September 1945 to 29 June 1946
Named, USS Penobscot (ATA-188), 16 July 1948
Decommissioned in 1971
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 February 1975
USS ATA-188 earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to American Offshore Inc. ,St. Louis (Sources: NVR and Tugs of the World 1994/1995 page 20)
Renamed American Patriot, International Radio Call Sign (WTE8457)
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10"
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 12 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
Diesel 1,200 Bbls
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
Ship's Service Generators
two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
single propeller, 1,200shp
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| USS ATA-188
||USS (ATA-188 at anchor, date and location unknown.
Courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, photo contributed by Joe Reed, plank owner.
| USS Penobscot (ATA-188)
||USS Penobscot (ATA-188) underway, date and location unknown.
||Submitted by Harry Jaeger
of Fleet Tug Sailors
||USS Penobscot (ATA-188) moored inboard of USS Nipmuc (ATF-157), at Newport R.I., date unknown.
||USS Penobscot (ATA-188), USS Koelsch (DE-1049) and USS Van Voorhis (DE-1028) moored to the pier at Naval Station Newport, R.I. in November 1967. The Harbor Tug Chepanoc (YTM-381) is underway.
USS Penobscot (ATA-188)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Clynes, Charles Edward||1959 - ?|
|02||LT. Ike, William Franklin||1961 - December 1963|
|03||LCDR. Philipps, George||December 1963 - November 1965|
|04||LT. Murphy, John Thomas||December 1965 - November 1967|
|05||LT. Mumford, Homer Ellis||no dates|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 19 December 2014
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